Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts on January 18th in Foxborough, Mass.

Tom Brady during the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts on January 18th in Foxborough, Mass. (Photo Courtesy of ABC News)

By Christopher Molina,  contributing writer

Last Sunday’s AFC title game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts led to a situation filled with conspiracy and suspicion, as the ball that was used in the  interception play made by Colts Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was suspected to have been doctored by the Patriots.

Early Jan. 21, 2015, the NFL announced that 11 of the 12 footballs were inflated two pounds per square inch below its required amount. Following Jackson’s second quarter interception, he had given the ball to a Colt equipment staff member who noticed that the football was not correctly inflated. It was then reported to Colts head Coach Chuck Pagano, Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson and The NFL Director of football operations Mike Kensil for further inspection.

According to an ESPN report, the NFL confirmed that Footballs on both sides were properly inspected and approved by one of the referee officials, Walter Anderson, two hours before the AFC title game. Kansas city sports radio station 810 reported that the Patriots’ footballs that were tested at halftime were discovered to be reinflated and put into the second half.

The use of an under inflated football is easier to catch and to throw which is why certain regulations are made to ensure proper inflation. The NFL ruled out that every football before use are to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 to 15 ounces.

Nothing has yet to be determined that the Patriots should receive any penalties from this action,reporter Chris Mortensen stated that he was  “disappointed…angry…distraught” to the NFL’s lack of a reaction after the time that was spent in revealing the use of deflated footballs.

If the Patriots were to receive punishment, it would not have been the first time that they were reprimanded for illegal activities. In  2007, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick sent out his assistant to spy on the New York Jets defensive coaching signals that was later called the “SpyGate”. Once it was reported to the league, Belichick was fined $500,000 for his actions.

When Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the current situation, Belichick said ,“Any questions on that, you should talk to them about it”.

Despite having making it to the Superbowl, the cloud of suspicion that hovers over the Patriots has seemingly tainted their appearance in the big game.